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Brian Mast, Dina Titus Team Up to End VA Experiments on Cats

“The VA’s continued use of taxpayer dollars to conduct painful and wasteful experiments on cats and kittens is unacceptable,” Mast said on Thursday. “These tests are barbaric, unnecessary and do nothing to actually help veterans. That’s why I’m proud to introduce this legislation with Rep. Titus to bring them to an end once and for all.”

VA Starting New Clinical Trial to Study Convalescent Plasma for Treating Seriously Ill COVID-19...

The trial is the first of multiple studies in VA Coronavirus Research and Efficacy Studies (VA CURES), a master protocol that offers a standardized framework for studying potential treatments for COVID-19 without the need for a new study design and protocol each time.

Brian Mast Urges VA to End Limits on People Attending Funerals for Veterans

Under current policy, any cemetery managed by the VA may restrict the number of attendees for a veteran’s committal service to 10 people.

Members of Florida Delegation Help End Funds for VA Testing on Dogs

At the start of last year, U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., who sits on the U.S. House Veterans Affairs Committee and lost both his legs during his service in Afghanistan, teamed up with U.S. Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nev., to unveil the “Preventing Unkind and Painful Procedures and Experiments on Respected Species (PUPPERS) Act” which “will put an end to the Department of Veterans Affairs’ practice of performing painful and distressing experiments on dogs, including drilling into dogs’ skulls, inducing heart attacks, and collapsing their lungs.”

After Pressure From Florida Congresswoman, Robert Wilkie Agrees to Remove Nazi Swastikas From VA...

From her perch as the chairwoman of the U.S. House Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., weighed in this week after the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced it would remove the headstones of Nazi soldiers buried in veterans ceremonies since they have swastikas on them.
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Brian Mast, Lara Trump Help Push the VA to Cut Animal Testing by 2025

At the start of the year, U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., who sits on the U.S. House Veterans Affairs Committee and lost both his legs during his service in Afghanistan, teamed up with U.S. Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nev., to unveil the “Preventing Unkind and Painful Procedures and Experiments on Respected Species (PUPPERS) Act”  which “will put an end to the Department of Veterans Affairs’ practice of performing painful and distressing experiments on dogs, including drilling into dogs’ skulls, inducing heart attacks, and collapsing their lungs.”

Congressional Reps Weigh in on VA Fraud Arrests in South Florida

Ten officials at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and five vendors were arrested in a fraud scheme based out of South Florida. 
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John Rutherford Wants Answers From VA on Plans for Veterans With Traumatic Brain Injuries

A Republican congressman from Florida has teamed up with a Democrat from California to ask the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) about their long-term care plans for veterans suffering from traumatic brain injuries (TBI), including focusing on assisted living programs.

Brian Mast Urges Robert Wilkie to Reverse Decision Kicking Congressional Offices Out of VA...

On Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie urging the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to reverse its decision to evict members of Congress from their offices inside VA facilities.

Brian Mast Glad to See VA Reviewing Ending Experiments on Dogs

Mast and other members of Congress wrote the VA on the matter back in August.

Vern Buchanan Wants to Know Why VA Didn’t Spend Suicide Prevention Funds

The Florida Republican pointed to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report which found “of the $6.2 million set aside for suicide prevention outreach in 2018, [his] department somehow only managed to spend $57,000, or less than 1 percent of the total funding allocated for this purpose... "
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Florida’s Senators Urge VA To Help Veterans Impacted by Hurricane Michael

The two senators sent a letter to U.S. VA Sec. Robert Wilkie on the matter on Thursday after the hurricane hit parts of the Big Bend and the Panhandle. 
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